Teaching project management to primary school children: Exploring the perspectives of project practitioners
Sante Delle-Vergini, Mustafa Ally, Douglas Eacersall, Chris Dann
University of Southern Queensland, Australia
University of New England, Australia
Project management knowledge and skills are an important component of the Australian Curriculum. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority calls for the explicit teaching of project management in primary school. However, it is uncertain if teachers possess the knowledge required to provide explicit teaching of project management, and to what extent it is being taught in primary school. To support the efforts of educators, seventeen project management experts were recruited to provide their perspectives. The Delphi method was used for consensus-building and the identification of core project management hard and soft skills. The findings revealed ten hard skills and twenty soft skills, ranked in order of importance and difficulty level, that children require to successfully manage projects. This study has significance for the project management profession by including the perspectives of industry practitioners on the skills required to successfully manage projects. It also provides educators with an evidence-based perspective for the design and delivery of project management content.
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|Authors: Sante Delle-Vergini is currently a PhD student at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His research focus is on project management learning in childhood education.|
Dr Mustafa Ally is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Information Systems in the School of Business at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His research interests include cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology, online payment systems, trust and online shopping, and technology adoption.
Dr Douglas Eacersall is a Senior Lecturer in Researcher Development and the Learning Advisor (Higher Degree Research) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His research interests include higher education, researcher development, technology enhanced learning, identity and popular culture.
Dr Chris Dann is a Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy Digital Technology in the School of Education at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His research interests include machine learning, student satisfaction, feedback, adult learning, online learning design, educational assessment, enacted curriculum, student retention, and artificial intelligence.
Dr Subrata Chakraborty is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Science and Technology at the University of New England, Australia. He received his PhD in Decision Support Systems from Monash University, Australia. Dr Chakraborty is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Modelling and Geospatial Information Systems (CAMGIS) at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His current research interests include data analytics, machine learning, image processing, and optimisation with decision support applications.
Please cite as: Delle-Vergini, S., Ally, M., Eacersall, D., Dann, C. & Chakraborty, S. (2023). Teaching project management to primary school children: Exploring the perspectives of project practitioners. Issues in Educational Research, 33(1), 41-70. http://www.iier.org.au/iier33/delle-vergini.pdf